The economic crisis is not only affecting the US, but the entire world. In fact, much of the world is in worse shape than us. This situation reminds me of a little anecdote:
Two campers are walking through the forest when they suddenly encounter a grizzly bear. The bear rears up on his hind legs and lets out a terrifying roar. Both campers are frozen in their tracks.
The first camper whispers, “I’m sure glad I wore my running shoes today.”
“It doesn’t matter what kind of shoes you’re wearing, you’re not gonna outrun that bear,” replies the second.
“I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun YOU,” he answers.